MBP 15" Speck vs Incase See Thru hardcase - my review

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mavi, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Mavi macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    Hello. After researching this on this forum and other forums, I wasn't able to get any kind of definitive answer since the models have changed slightly since the initial 2008 release. I decided to go into an Apple Store to compare them myself side by side. In the end, I decided to get the Speck See Thru.

    1. Speck See Thru Hardcase -

    Able to open the screen all the way
    Slightly better button construction for battery indicator light
    Smaller vent holes on the bottom lead to less dirt coming in - could also be considered a con for operating temps

    - The power adapter rubs the back left corner slightly and is therefore always at a SLIGHT angle and not parallel with the side of the MBP - Speck tried to address this by locating the tab a BIT further back than the right side, but it wasn't enough. What happens is the back end of the power adapter is further away than the front end by about 0.5mm. It doesn't affect the ability of the power adapter to stay in place. A potential quick fix is to take a small file and file away 0.5mm of where the adapter contacts the case.
    - The front opening for the Infrared sensor is sized perfectly, but the white sleep light beside it will either be less visible or not visible if you choose a really dark color. With the clear color, this is not an issue since the light goes right through the clear case.
    - vent holes not as big as Incase. I think the holes are adequate and this did not affect my decision to purchase the Speck

    2. Incase
    - the back left of the bottom portion of the case is moved back far enough to not interfere at all with the mag safe power adapter - this is the MAJOR pro over the Speck Model IMHO
    - The front opening for the infrared sensor is sized to accommodate the white sleep light as well so regardless of which color you get, the intensity of the white light is not affected - this is a pro for the darker models, but for the see thru models, I don't consider this a major pro
    - the plastic appears to be SLIGHTLY thicker than the Speck. One could argue this provides marginally better protection, but at what cost? The major con is that you can only open the lid to 107 degrees (I measured using the level utility in my iphone)
    - slightly bigger vent holes on the bottom - this MAY lead to cooler temps, but at what cost? Possibly more dirt getting in

    - cannot open the lid past 107 degrees. IMO, this is a DEAL BREAKER and the major reason why I decided to get the Speck.
    - the button for the battery indicator does the job but didn't look as well moulded as the Speck.
    - possibly more dirt getting in due to the bigger vent holes on the bottom

    If opening the lid all the way is paramount to you, then get the Speck. If absolute perfection in terms of fitment for the power adapter and an opening for the sleep light is more important to you, get the Incase. I found the other differences negligible. Those are the 3 major differences that will affect most decisions.
  2. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    Not sure what you meant by the rubbing of the power adapter, in the newer -D models (June/July 2010), Speck created an indentation which allows the adapter to sit flush with the case thus avoids creating any improper sitting of the newer magsafe.
  3. ThirtyThr33 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2011
    Boulder, Colorado
  4. Mavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    The indentation is visible, but doesn't quite go far enough (at least on the 2011 MBP models) to allow the magsafe to sit perfectly flush.

    I tried 2 Speck cases on 2 MBP and both did the same thing. Doesn't appear to be a manufacturing tolerance issue.
  5. Mavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    The Incase is thicker and therefore likely more protective, but if you value being able to open your MBP all the way, the Incase will drive you crazy. You can barely open it past 90 degrees (107 to be exact) before the case rubs and prevents further movement. Personally, I'm using this case to protect more against rubs, scuffs, and scratches, not from a full drop, which will probably damage the computer in either case.
  6. Kristine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2005
    In my family, we have six 2011 Macbook Pros (4 x 15" and 2 x 13"). All have a speck case (in varying colours - though mainly black) and all power connectors sit 100% flush and do not rub the speck case.
  7. djrbx macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    North Hollywood, CA

    This this is perfect. Granted it only protects from scratches and not dings. In all honesty though, it works as advertised and it doesn't add bulk
  8. Greedylittle macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Just installed a Speck yesterday and could not be happier. My goal was to add minimal bulk while getting the protection from scratches. I don't have any issues with the power adapter as the OP mentioned. There appears to be a small notch that allows the cord to sit flush.

    Overall, couldn't be happier with the product and value ($29 I believe I paid).
  9. Kristine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2005
    My husband and I have Wrapsol skins on our 15" Macbook Pros (have always installed the Wrapsol skins on every Macbook Pro we own). They are currently under our speck cases. Wrapsol skins are great for scratch protection. I have a Speck case on top of the Wrapsol at the moment, because, like the poster above mentioned, the Wrapsol does not protect from dents. I have a two year old and I don't want to take the risk of him denting my Macbook Pro (even though he knows he is not allowed to touch).
  10. XandeR803 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    I just put on the Speck see thru hard case and my power connector sits flush as well. No issues here other than a small increase in temps.
  11. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    This is not true. I have a mid 2010 15" Macbook Pro using a turquoise hardshell case (soft rubbery touch like speck satin). I can open the laptop to about 140 degrees. I'd post a video but I'm too lazy.

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